Strengthening EU cooperation in R&D with the Western Balkan Countries

The Western Balkans has long been one of Europe's most unstable regions. But, with the prospect of technological and economic development, is that about to change?

That's the policy question being debated now in Brussels, as part of the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2008. It's also a debate being stimulated by Romania, an important neighbour of the Western Balkan countries (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Montenegro). At a conference in Brussels, on 17 January, the Romanian government is leading a discussion exploring how the EU's research programmes could be applied to building up the region's scientific and technological capabilities - and, ultimately, create a climate for faster economic growth and greater political stability.

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inserted by Florian GRUBER on 2008-01-24 14:14:50